Chak elders complain against Taliban, security forces
MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): Tribal elders from Chak district of central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday complained that both security forces and armed militants had made their lives miserable.
They lodged their complaint with Governor Hayatullah Hayat during a meeting with him at the Governor’s House in Maidan Shahr, the provincial capital.
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the Chak elders said Taliban militants visited people’s homes and forcibly sought food. The rebels also used Hujras of local people for spending time on their own free will, they complained.
The elders also claimed Taliban militants took money from locals under various pretexts and threatened them on refusal.
One of the elders, who declined to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News on the one hand they were fed up with Taliban’s atrocities and on the other they faced problems being created for them by security forces.
He said security forces had closed the road for traffic leading to Alishai area and the forces used to hurl threats at them.
The governor called their problem as serious and promised that the Alishai road would be reopened and problems linked to security forces would be addressed.
Hayat urged the elders to try to convince the insurgents to reconcile with the government and if they continued to unleash violence then prevent refuge to them in their areas.
The governor said if elders removed their sons from the Taliban ranks and prepared them for even little cooperation with security forces, all the problems would be resolved.
The meeting comes a day after Chak residents and officials accused the Taliban of burning five civilians to death.
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